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Partners Short Presentation



INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), bridging the University – Industry gap and focused on applied Research and Development, Innovation and Technology Transfer activities for the industry. It was founded in 1986, among what are now the Departments of Mechanical Engineering (DEMec) and of Industrial Engineering and Management (DEGI) of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Being a non-profit private association, recognized as of public utility and having its own team of 200 collaborators, INEGI is an active agent in the development and consolidation of a competitive model based on knowledge, on high product and process technological content and on technological innovation.


Project Coordinator
Contact – Tiago Morais,



Fórum Oceano – Association of Maritime Economy is a private non-profit association created in 2009 and since then formally recognized by the Portuguese Government as the Portuguese Maritime Competitiveness Cluster. At present, the Association gathers around 120 members from the whole country, covering different key sectors of the blue economy, among them companies, business associations, R& D centres, higher education institutions, local authorities and other associative organizations. Fórum Oceano main priority is to promote the sea as a valuable resource for the economy, promoting cooperation between stakeholders through the intersection of knowledge and support for innovation, internationalization and entrepreneurship contributing, in sustainability conditions, for the country’s competitiveness.


Contact – Frederico Ferreira,



FEUP – The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto undertakes activities in the realms of education, research, and innovation at international level. Accordingly, the results of these activities lead to the creation and transmission of knowledge, training of competent and ethical professionals, and future leaders in the area of engineering and similar areas, and also the promotion of wellbeing of our global society.


Contact – Francisco Taveira Pinto,



IH CANTABRIA – The Environmental Hydraulics Institute “IHCantabria” is a joint research centre between the University of Cantabria and the Environmental Hydraulics Institute Foundation. With an approximately 140 staff, IHCantabria was founded in 2007 integrating two university departments with over twenty years of expertise in the fields of hydrodynamics, sediment transport, coastal evolution, coastal structures, coastal/ports/river engineering, estuarine dynamics, transport processes, marine and river environmental sciences, water quality, natural and anthropogenic coastal risks, numerical and physical modelling of water-related processes and integrated coastal and river basin management. IHCantabria is nowadays an international reference centre specialized in basic and applied research, focusing on the development of studies, methodologies and tools for the management of river, coastal and marine systems, integrating the relevant processes as well as the socio-economic aspects associated, with an efficient and sustainable management of the water cycle. IHCantabria has developed important advances in the field of port engineering and coastal structures, incorporating the most advanced methodologies and tools with the aim of improving and optimizing the design and reducing uncertainties. IHCantabria has been working on the integration of numerical and experimental approaches to analysed coastal structures in a revolutionary approach called hybrid modelling, and has been also developing basic and applied research for the study of marine renewable energies.


Contact – Javier L. Lara,



PLOCAN – The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a joint initiative between the central Spanish government and the Government of the Canary Islands, with support from the European Regional Development Fund. Its mission is to provide a cost-effective combination of services, including housing, operations, data, and access to the offshore multi-use platform, the observatories and the test site facilities. The vision is to become a world-class infrastructure offering great value services, attracting national and international users, responding to the R&D&I challenges of the marine and maritime sector, and helping to maintain Spain and the EU at the forefront of this sector.

PLOCAN is a unique scientific and technological infrastructure (ICTS), formed of a number of specialized facilities that together provide access to study or test excellent and innovative science and technology concepts and devices in coastal and oceanic environments. It includes an observatory, a test site and a multi-purpose offshore platform. They provide data, operations and hosting services for experiments or new devices. Its main role is to accelerate research, technological development and innovation in the marine and maritime sector, as well as to provide the critical facilities that are necessary for the international scientific community and industry to carry out their experiments.


Contact – Spain, Javier González Herrera,



IMDC –  International Marine & Dredging Consultants (IMDC) was founded in 1982. For over 35 years IMDC provides water-related engineering and consultancy services in the domains of inland, coastal and estuarine waters, as well as port development, and dredging & environment. IMDC is active in the marine renewable energy sector since the start of offshore wind development in Europe. Throughout many successful projects IMDC team of experts succeed in making the bridge between fundamental research and engineering applications. Our clients are public authorities, engineering offices and contractors, on a worldwide-base.


Contact – Luciana das Neves,